TVNewser FishbowlNY AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Keith Cooperrider’

With TWT’s Executive Editor Out, Will John Solomon Finally Make The Masthead?

Back in January, after 25 members of TWT newsroom got laid off, John Solomon was named to the elusive role of Chief Digital Officer with Ian Bishop as his deputy in the position of Digital Editor. Bishop made the masthead. Solomon did not. What made matters even more peculiar, is that when Solomon made media appearances, on WTOP for example, they said he was from Washington Guardian, his other news outlet. No mention of TWT.

Even in May of 2013, TWT gave him a bizarre tagline that made no mention of TWT except to say he was a former executive editor there. Was he or wasn’t he working there? His daily doings always appeared to be mired in mystery, even to those on the inside.

Still, now Solomon is getting another boost. Today Larry Beasley, whose contract as President and CEO has been upped until the end of 2015, is promoting him again. At least it sure looks like a promotion — time will tell if they see fit to put him on the masthead. This time, he’s “Editor and Vice President for Content and Business Development.” What this all means is anyone’s guess, as was Solomon’s previous position at TWT. As hilariously explained by Beasley in a statement, this means Solomon is in charge of editorial and business and advertising, because those parts of a newspaper are always supposed to be smushed together as one. No conflict there.

What’s even weirder is that Beasley appears to have no recollection of Solomon’s brusque departure from TWT four years ago as Executive Editor and speaks about his time there as a fairytale dream (all together now: raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…) Most former employees in high editorial posts say he was pushed out, forced to resign. He always insists otherwise.

Just as you think Beasley’s statement will end there, with four graphs and five bullet points inflating Solomon to be the best journalist who ever roamed the Earth (seriously), Beasley casually mentions that Executive Editor David Jackson is gone. HUH? “As part of the recent moves, we’ve said goodbye to some of colleagues, including our Executive Editor David Jackson,” he wrote three graphs from the bottom of the release, one of which throws in yet another compliment for Solomon. “We appreciate the effort he gave us and wish him well in his next endeavor.”

Bye bye Jackson!

See the release with our boldings… Read more

Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101

Freelancing 101Manage a top-notch freelancing career in our online boot camp, Freelancing 101! Starting August 18, freelancing experts will teach you the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your own schedule and managing clients.  Register now! 
 

TWT Staff Meeting at 11:30 AM

Another heaping helping of the piping hot casserole of crazy coming out of The Washington Times this morning: After a press release and a memo about the press release were issued in reference to TWT‘s major management overhaul, an email was finally sent to staff, inviting them to freak out meet in the ballroom at 11:30 for a meeting to discuss moving forward in a financially responsible manner.

Amazing.

Memo after the jump.

Read more

TWT Management to Discuss Exec. Overthrow at 10AM

Sources inside The Washington Times say that the paper’s management team has been called together for a 10 am meeting to discuss the Moon brother’s surprise overthrow of three top executives.

President and publisher Thomas P. McDevitt, CFO Keith Cooperrider and Chairman Dong Moon Joo are all out according to a press release that TWT issued this morning. The release also names Jonathan Slevin as acting president and publisher.

Rumors are swirling that Executive Editor John Solomon who’s been in his position since January of 2008 may resign as a result of the shakeup. In my humble opinion, that would be mean huge trouble for the Times and a blow to morale that I’m not certain the newsroom could handle.

According to our sources, TWT staff has not been briefed nor received any information regarding the changes or implications of the shakeup.

Amberg Leaving WaTimes

From an internal memo, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Dear Colleagues,

    Dick Amberg will be leaving The Washington Times at the end of October after a decade of distinguished service, most recently as our General Manager and Associate Publisher. Dick has been an outstanding leader, colleague and friend to so many of us here and was instrumental in many of the exciting changes we have implemented over the last 18 months. I know you’ll join me in wishing him the very best in his new endeavors.

    As part of our continuing effort to streamline the newspaper’s operations, I’ve asked Keith Cooperrider, Chief Financial Officer, to take over Dick’s responsibilities overseeing Facilities and Production. And Frank Grow, Vice President for Strategic Development, will assume overall responsibility for Circulation. That means Mark Frankowski, Director of Facilities and Dave Coleman, Director of Production will both report to Keith while Art Farber, Director of Circulation, will now report to Frank.

    Dick will remain with us at least until October 31, 2008 to oversee and assist in this transition.

    Dick joined The Washington Times in early 1999 after more than 20 years of distinguished executive service in the newspaper industry. During most of his tenure at the Times, he presided over all business areas of our company and represented the newspaper throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. His loyal dedication to the success of The Washington Times and willingness to always go beyond the call of duty will be deeply missed.

    Sincerely,

    Thomas P. McDevitt

    President and Publisher